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Hi guys!
Hope life is treating you all well. This month is heavily Yugoslav Attack orientated and Gawain kicks us off with two games in the 9 0-0-0 Nxd4 10 Bxd4 Be6 variation.

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Yugoslav Attack 9 0-0-0 Nxd4 10 Bxd4 Be6 [B76]

We have... Can-Erdogan which features the direct 12 h4 Rfc8 13 h5 and as has been reported before on this site, 17 Be3!? clearly proves to be a problem for Black:











Kraai-Khachiyan is no better news for Black although (and we're talking 12 h4 Rfc8 13 g4 this time) after 14 Qg5:











Although I personally have never been an advocate of trading queens.


9 0-0-0 d5 [B76]

Still in 9 0-0-0 but this time with 9...d5, Panchanathan-Wang sees the fairly uncommon (these days) 10 Qe1:











This game also didn't turn out well for Black and I'm sure it will pay dividends to take note of Gawain's annotations.


9 0-0-0 Bd7 [B76]

Black begins to hit back in a 9 0-0-0 Bd7 system. This still remains a slightly suspicious system but in Reshetnikov-Popov, White was punished for his slightly negative play.


Anti-Chinese Variation [B77]

Over to the 9 Bc4 Yugoslav Attack and although Shaklich-Mikkelson is not a very recent game it occurred to me that there is very little consideration on this site (or elsewhere) on the Anti-Chinese possibility 10 g4:











Yes, plenty has been said about 10 Bb3 and 10 h4 but here we cover another option White has that involves delaying or even deleting long castles. This game is a nice one by Black but I wouldn't be surprised if we see more of this in the future.


Hyper Accelerated Dragon [B27]

Finally we have the Hyper-Accelerated Dragon encounter Alavkin-Gomez in which in arguably the main line Black shows that 8...Qa5 is far from forced as the calm 8...Bg7!? seems to turn out okay anyway:













Bye for now!

Best wishes, Chris and Gawain

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